Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 5:35 pm  |  25 responses

New York Knicks Forced to Take Down Their Dumb, Offensive Ads

Despite their 3-0 start to this young season, the New York Knicks can’t help but trip over their own feet. Their latest ad campaign, an embarrassment that has gotten people in NYC angry at them, is coming down in response to the public outcry. Per ESPN: “MSG Network said Wednesday it would pull ads like this one because of the controversy they have caused in New York. On Tuesday, the company said it would take down all posters associated with its recent advertising campaign, which generated buzz but also was considered controversial. [...] ‘It’s Friday night,’ the ad said. ‘You can either go out and attempt to pick up sixes and sevens or stay home and watch (Knicks guard Jason) Kidd dish out dimes.’ Earlier this week, the New York Post reported that the network, which is under the same business umbrella that includes the Knicks, would pull a particular ad after a representative admitted it was ‘bad judgment’ and apologized to anyone who was offended. ‘It’s Friday night,’ the ad said. ‘You can either see a Broadway harness malfunctioning or you can watch real men fly.’ The ad was referring to the Broadway show ‘Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark,’ in which actors have been injured, including Christopher Tierney, who fell 30 feet from the air into the orchestra pit in December 2010. Tierney, who sustained four broken ribs and fractured three of his vertebrae, returned to the show four months later. The ironic part of the ad, which the Post pointed out, was that it featured Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire, who is actually out at least a month and a half after having a procedure done on his frequently injured left knee.”

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  • Habeeba Husain

    Sigh. You’d think the people who come up with these ads or at least their bosses would have some kind of filter in their thought process. But no, the public needs to cry out to let them know of the flaws in their campaign. Smh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    publicity is publicity

  • Dagger

    Perceptive. I’m pretty sure everybody knows the Knicks exist. Just like I’m pretty sure the Knicks aren’t helped by a much-ridiculed, offensive ad campaign.

  • Sheed

    This is hilarious but I can imagine why people would hate it. But I would much rather go out and pick up a seven

  • Lorne

    Don’t tell nbk that.

  • Juice

    The sixes and sevens were pissed, protested, and apparently won this fight. You can’t piss off borderline ugly chics. It’s as bad as making fun of the gays.

  • Perry the PlatyPteranodon

    For the $800 it costs for a Knicks game you can pick up 3 8′s, 6 7′s, 2’9 or maybe even a 10 for a night. I noticed they “conveniently” forgot to mention that part…

  • danpowers

    this is actually funny. people shouldnt be too sensitive

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    good or bad is always good

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    i thought the billboards were funny

  • danpowers

    somwhere somehow unisex vegans in skinny jeans, dorky glasses, playing with their apple products thought something else and stepped up

  • Tysonz

    Why is SLam calling them dumb and offensive dont nobody care to watch Gay men recite poetry about their homosexuality in new york. The writer of this post must be bisexual to take a stance and talk down on these funny uplifing ads

  • Ugh

    You described me to a T, danpowers, except I don’t use Apple products. Yeah, the ads are really stupid, but I think they reflect the values and abilities of the Knicks organisation as a whole, and, apparently, their fans.
    As for you, Verified Account, I’m sure when one of your friends breaks his vertebrae you’ll be first to make a joke about it.

  • Ugh

    There’s no mention of gay men or poetry in this article. Why are you thinking about gay men?

  • danpowers

    i described you to a t? don worry, nobody is perfect ;) the values of the knicks? dont buy too much into that, it was just intended to be funny. the knicks should hand out paper tissues at the msg for any crybaby having a problem with some harmless advert

  • Dacre

    I’ve never settled for a six or seven. Just saying.

  • Slick Ric

    People so b!tch made nowadays. Nothing is offensive about those ads….chumps.

  • JackPackage

    Wouldn’t all those hipster Slam poets be living in trendy Brooklyn anyway? The ads are actually quite amusing, I don’t see a problem. I didn’t know about these ‘offensive’ ads, so when I clicked on here, I was expecting something like Burger King’s infamous Mary J. Blige ads.

  • http://twitter.com/natures1stgreen JaM

    Dude, try a manual reboot because your morals are outdated.


    I’d like to thank all the ugly chicks out there that are upset these commercials mentioned them…. I actually like them and now I wont ever see them again. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Bollocks SLAM. The only thing offensive is how touchy you all are about EVERYTHING these days. Since when is NY a PC haven??

  • Comment_System

    homophobe much?

  • underdog

    ’It’s Friday night, you can either go
    out and attempt to pick up sixes and sevens or stay home and watch JR Smith jack up threes.’

  • Comment_System

    HA! if they think these are offensive, then they’ve never seen the ads for Manhattan Mini Storage, my fellow NYer’s know what I’m talking about.

  • melomania

    Wayy too sensitive… these were hilarious